Thursday, October 10, 2013
Jazz Master, renowned three-time Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, and Tony Award nominee, Branford Marsalis, is one of the most revered instrumentalists of our time. Leader of one of the finest jazz Quartets and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, Branford has become increasingly sought after as a featured soloist with acclaimed orchestras. His propensity for innovative and forward-thinking compels him to seek new and challenging works by modern composers.
In 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts conferred the prestigious Jazz Masters Fellowship on the Marsalis Family, a celebration and acknowledgement of a family described by the New York Times as "jazz's most storied living dynasty," who have made an indelible mark, collectively and individually, on the history and the future of jazz - America's art form.
The Branford Marsalis Quartet explores the limits of musical adventure and band cohesiveness. Having gained initial acclaim through his work with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and his brother Wynton's quintet in the early 1980s, Marsalis also performed and recorded with a who's-who of jazz giants including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, and Sonny Rollins. He has also collaborated with such diverse artists as Sting, the Grateful Dead and Bruce Hornsby. His expansive interests are further reflected in his explorations in film, radio and television, including his role as the musical director of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for two years in the early 1990s.
Whether on the stage, in the recording studio, in the classroom or in the community, Mr. Marsalis embodies a commitment to musical excellence and a determination to keep music at the forefront.
USNA proudly presents - Branford Marsalis!